A few weeks ago, we posted an update from Timber Block Home Owner Michael Boomgarden, whose home is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Michael moved into his home during a Wisconsin winter, and although he knew how energy efficient a Timber Block Insulated Log Home was, he was very impressed when he started receiving actual energy bills – proving he was right in his decision to build a Timber Block home. (Michael had completed extensive research with many log home companies, and in the end, chose to build a Timber Block).

Here was his home during his first Wisconsin winter in his Timber Block home…

So, a few weeks ago, Michael updated us on the low energy consumption of his Timber Block Dakota. Now, just today, Michael updates us on the past month…

“While the past month was cooler than normal, we definitely moved into air conditioning season.

We receive an energy consumption report from our Nest thermostats each month, and this month the contrast between our brick home near Chicago and our Timber Block home in southwest Wisconsin was pretty amazing. First, the two homes: Our Illinois home was built in 2004 and is a full brick stud-framed (4″ and 6” exterior walls) with Pella thermopane windows. The heated and air conditioned space of our Timber Block home is slightly greater than our conventionally built home.

We experienced a few hot days, but overall the month of May was on the cool side. Nonetheless, our conventionally built home used 89 hours of air conditioning during that time period. During the same time frame, our Timber Block used just four hours of air conditioning, roughly 4.5% of the amount of A/C cooling hours! And, those were pretty much “for the heck of it” cooling periods, when I remotely activated the A/C while en route there to eliminate any humidity. Throughout the period–even without the air conditioning running, the interior temperature stayed pretty constant, generally 74 to 76 degrees (farenheit).

How does a Timber Block home achieve this degree of energy efficiency? The answer’s pretty clear: the R-30 walls, filled with closed cell foam are highly efficient and virtually impervious to air infiltration. The roof is either R-40 or R-50, further contributing to thermal efficiency. And the windows are argon-filled low-E products, state of the art stuff.

I don’t claim that this is a scientific study, but when you can maintain comfortable temperatures while using less than one-twentieth the energy of a comparably sized modern home, you have to conclude that Timber Block homes are amazingly energy efficient”.

We would like to thank Michael for his updates! You can learn more about Michael Boomgarden and his Timber Block home, by going to www.timberblockwisconsin.com!

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